Saharan dust phenomena engulfs skies across Greece

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Athens and southern parts of Greece were again enveloped in Saharan dust on Tuesday, with hues of yellow and orange filling the skies with an otherworldly atmosphere.

Heavy concentrations of dust particles appeared to have affected many people who suffer from respiratory conditions due to the “degradation of air quality,” as pointed out by the Hellenic Pulmonary Society.

Skies are predicted to clear on Wednesday as winds shift and move the dust, with temperatures dipping. 
Skies are predicted to clear on Wednesday as winds shift and move the dust, with temperatures dipping. Photo: Ekathimerini.

According Ekathimerini, on Tuesday, the daily high in parts of the southern island of Crete topped 30 degrees Celsius, more than 20 degrees higher than what was registered in much of northern Greece.

Greece’s fire department said Tuesday evening that 25 wildfires had broken out around the country in the last 24 hours. On Monday, three people were detained on the Aegean Sea tourist island of Paros on suspicion of accidently igniting a scrub burning, with no major damage or casualties recorded.

Skies are predicted to clear on Wednesday as winds shift and move the dust, with temperatures dipping. 

Source: Ekathimerini

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